The small and picturesque town of Newport has as its most distinctive
feature, an elegant seven arch viaduct
dominating the townscape. It was
built in 1892 to carry the Westport-Achill railway line. The railway no
longer exists but the viaduct has been beautifully restored and is a
wonderful walkway for locals and visitors alike.
towers high above the town, a good example of the Irish
Romanesque style. It is particularly notable for the stained glass
window by renowned artist Harry Clarke. The stained glass window over
the High Altar, in the east wall of Saint Patrick’s Church, is one of
the outstanding features of this building. It was the last work executed
by the late Harry Clarke of Clarke Studios and was commissioned by the
late Canon McDonald P.P. and purchased with his life insurance gratuity.
stately edifice of Newport House is visible across the estuary when
approaching Newport from the south. The immediate area is rich in
history and archaeology.
Some highlights for visitors are the 15th
century Burrishoole Abbey
and Carrigahowley Castle once a stronghold of
Granuaile, the world famous pirate queen. The ancestral home of Princess
Grace of Monaco is a short drive away and she and Prince Rainier were
frequent visitors to the area.